The Economic Costs of Global Warming

As soon as you enter a debate on the topic of global warming, your interlocutor will sooner or later accuse you of proposing policy actions that could have devastating consequences, especially for the poorest and most vulnerable. It’s time, I think, to address this criticism head on with a modicum of vigor. In this, there’s [Read More…]

Quote of the Week

“In regards to human vicissitudes, it is not always the mass majority that decides, but the superiority of the moral force that inclines the political balance towards itself.” –Simón Bolívar Simón Bolívar (1783-1830), Venezuelan, also called El Libertador (“The Liberator”) was the foremost leader of the fight for independence in Venezuela, Colombia, Perú, Ecuador, Bolivia, [Read More…]

The immigration debate reaches the Senate

Finally, it seems that Democrats are getting their act together and starting to discuss the immigration issue in the Senate. [Read more…]

The unification of life

When thinking through the intersection of Catholicism and public policy, you begin to realize how deep and diverse the Church is. I write as a convert, raised in a Texas Southern Baptist household under the formidable and loving guidance of a family of deacons. There are many striking aspects of Catholicism for the former evangelical, [Read More…]

A Metaphysical Critique of the Cultural Diversity Attitude

During my last years as a graduate student at Saint Louis University, the university renovated its student center in which was to be found a chapel frequented by many students, oftentimes for a quick prayer between classes or even for a moment of Eucharistic adoration. As seems to be the rage at many Catholic universities [Read More…]

Abortion – Show me the Money!

Ready for a couple of simple statements? First — Stop all government money that finds its way to the abortion industry and the number of abortions will decrease. Second – but not dealt with in this post: Track back the funding for abortions and block it (with education, social pressure and legal means) and the [Read More…]

What Do Frances Kissling and Phyllis Schlafly Have in Common?

Until recently, Frances Kissling was the president of Catholics for a Free Choice, a group claiming that a pro-abortion stance was somehow compatible with Catholicism. Sitting at the polar opposite of the political spectrum, Phyllis Schlafly is a right-wing icon. She founded the Eagle Forum, and was central to derailing the Equal Rights Amendment. Although [Read More…]

Howard Zinn on families as “pockets of insurrection”

In a chapter of his stunning A People’s History of the United States that discusses the rise of the women’s liberation movement in the 1970s, Howard Zinn writes: In the problem of women was the germ of a solution, not only for their oppression, but for everybody’s. The control of women in society was ingeniously [Read More…]